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Oh, the torture. [Mar. 8th, 2006|09:50 am]
Don't Buy Every Cute Pet You See Support Group

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So, after ordering two Martin's Cages, my roomie and I went to PetSupplies Plus to get some stuff to add to the cages when they get here, and to get supplies to build a ramp for my elderly rats, so they don't have to climb and jump as much.

Of course, while we're there, I have to look at the rats. They have feeders, of course, but they also have fancy rats...there was just one.

He was a beautiful little dumbo with an all-white body, with an uneven (and so CUTE) patch of greyish black on his face. I've always wanted a rat with those kinds of markings. Needless to say, I wanted to hold him, and he looked awfully big...

I asked one of the clerks how long he'd been at the store alone, and he'd said, "A little over a month." I was floored..poor little thing. So, I opened the enclosure, and here he came, right over to me to be picked up. When I did...you know how rats go limp when you pick them up under their arms, especially for belly kisses? He did just that, and I was able to smooch his belly, then snuggle him. He didn't squirm, didn't do anything, he didn't look or sound sick...he just bruxed a little, and sniffed around. He climbed up to my shoulder/neck and decided to hang out there a while. No fear poo, no nothing, just a happy, well socialized rat. On Carefresh. With what looked like Suebees recipe for food.

My god, did I want him.

But, I did the responsible thing. Hopefully he won't become snake food. But I just can't justify getting an 8th rat.

Tell me I did the right thing! I need to hear it! LOL
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[User Picture]From: jebuell
2006-03-08 07:08 pm (UTC)
You did the right thing! I had to turn down a 7th rat just a few weeks ago because I know 7 is too many for me. It was hard, too because she was an adorable rat with beautiful markings, and a dumbo. *sigh*

Hopefully you're little guy finds a good home! Maybe if he's still there in a few weeks you can get him, then try to find him a permanent home with someone who wants another little boy to love. That way he doesn't spend his whole life alone in a pet store.
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[User Picture]From: vacillate
2006-03-08 10:22 pm (UTC)
I was actually thinking about that. Buying him, and keeping him quarantined while I looked for a home for him. The thing is, I have several friends that LOVE our rats, but they don't have one. I'd love to be able to rehome him, and just foster him for a while..

Maybe that's what I'll do. I dunno, I'm going to think on it. :)
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